Sallie Mae, the nation's saving, planning and paying for college company, has given Junior Achievement of Delaware a $30,000 grant to help fund its 2015 Spring Break Career & College Readiness Academy, which runs from April 6 to 10 at the non-profit's campus in Wilmington, Del. More than 30 students in grades six through 11 from schools in Wilmington and New Castle County will spend the week learning about career paths and workplace skills from volunteer adult role models, including employees from Sallie Mae.

"At our Career and College Readiness Academy, students explore a variety of career paths, learn what skills and education they'll need to pursue those careers, and hear directly from adults working in those careers," said Rob Eppes, president, Junior Achievement of Delaware. "Sallie Mae has long been a source of JA volunteers, and we are delighted that the company has strengthened its support of our programs with this grant."

The $30,000 grant was provided by The Sallie Mae Fund, Sallie Mae's charitable foundation. The Sallie Mae Fund supports employee volunteerism and community service in communities where Sallie Mae employees live and work. Since 2001, The Fund has contributed more than $125 million in community support and programs that facilitate access to higher education.

"Junior Achievement's innovative approaches to motivating students toward careers and educational goals fit naturally with Sallie Mae's desire to help students and their families prepare and responsibly pay for college," said Bonnie Beasley, senior vice president, Sallie Mae Bank, and president, The Sallie Mae Fund. "Given that April is National Financial Literacy Month, the timing of the Spring Break Academy couldn't be better, and we look forward to being a resource for our local youth and their families, throughout this week and beyond, as they learn about saving, planning and paying for college."

Sallie Mae employees volunteer regularly for Junior Achievement, teaching classes, participating in panel discussions, and serving as role models. On April 6, the first day of the Spring Break Academy, Sallie Mae employees will lead a session on how to pay for college. Sallie Mae recommends students and families follow its 1-2-3 approach: first, maximize money that does not need to be repaid, such as scholarships and grants; second, explore federal student loans; and, third, consider a responsible private education loan.

More information and free tools and tips about saving, planning, and paying for college are available at  SallieMae.com.

Sallie Mae (NASDAQ: SLM) is the nation's saving, planning, and paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible personal finance including private education loans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, college financial planning tools, insurance, and online retail banking. Learn more at  SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

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